Roughly 4.5 million Americans are attacked every year by dogs. Of those 4.5 million, 850,000 received medical attention and 350,000 required emergency medical care. In 2015, over 28,000 people needed reconstructive surgery due to dog bites. Here’s what you need to know about dog bites.
Although 850,000 people were hurt by dogs, only a fraction of them sought recovery for their harms. Homeowners and renter’s insurance should be paying for those medical bills and losses. That is the purpose of insurance.
Preventing Dog Bites
We may not be able to prevent every dog attack, but we can take measures to avoid them. Dog bites can be serious. Although some may cause cuts and bruises, others can rip off ears and damage eyes. Also, dog bites can become infected. About 1 out of 5 dog bites become infected.
Children and the elderly are at greatest risk of dog bites. Also, anyone who comes into increased contact with dogs has a higher risk of injury. Roughhousing can incite dogs putting boys and men at risk.
Ways to Keep Safe from a Dog Bite
What NOT to do in the Face of a Dog Attack
Caring for your Wounds After a Dog Bite
For minor wounds:
As a precaution, any bite that breaks the skin should be looked at by a medical professional.
For deep wounds:
Additionally, see a healthcare provider immediately if the wound becomes red, painful, warm, or swollen. These can be signs of an infection.
The worst thing you can after a dog bite is to ignore the risk for infection. A dog’s mouth is not clean. The bacteria enters your skin when you’re bitten. Be sure the clean the wounds and watch for infection.
Emotional Damage After a Dog Bite
The victim of a dog bite can suffer emotional trauma. Some may even suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Emotional stress and PTSD are serious issues. If you or a loved one are bitten, keep an eye out for signs of emotional distress, including:
Keep in mind that it isn’t just strange dogs that attack. Many attacks occur in the home. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, get the medical care you need. If you need to make a claim against the homeowner’s insurance to cover your losses, contact a personal injury lawyer. Chelsie King Garza can help you get the recovery you need.